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First Lutheran School

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Posted August 29, 2014

Please tour this school and pay attention to the children's faces. Also take a good look at the teachers as well, no one smiles. I recently switched schools and I have a whole different child. My child was going to be moved up a grade at FLS. After only a week at his new school he is actually behind. The only thing postive thing about FLS are the families. Please DO NOT send your children here, they would be better off in a public school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 27, 2014

This school is a joke passed off as a school. Where to begin, the facility is old and dingy, recently cleaned up apparently. The communication is horrible, families never know what is going on. The teachers for the exception of a couple don't appear to even like their job or the children in their class. Most critical is their academics. My child left with above average grades and even jumped a grade in math yet it took a year to catch up at the new school just to be average. Physical education is basically run around a field with high grass and ant. There is zero structure. I'm not sure what the purpose or motive is for this school - it shouldn't even be called a school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 18, 2014

Today was my daughters first day of 8th grade, and our 'last' first day at First Lutheran School...Since 1999, We have had 1 or all 3 attending here!!!....It's become our safe haven, and yes my other 2 girls are in college now and have done very well in their education. We believe it's because of the teachings they received at First that helped them excel....It's the teachers, past and present that instill wonderful values as well as teach them English, Science, Math, History, etc.......It's being able to hug someone because they're having a bad or good day. It's being allowed to pray with them, and learn about God without someone telling you, 'you can't'...It's being allowed to say 'I love you' because you do.....It's about feeling safe, and comfortable, and inspired to learn and try new things!....My children, my husband and I have been blessed to have these wonderful men and women in our lives, helping to mold them into who they will be...Thank you, and I look forward to be able to help in making this the best year ever!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 30, 2014

First Lutheran had comments removed which only testifies the fact they are hiding something. Can you explain why you had the truth removed? It's funny you left the comments that reference the removed comments. It's only obvious. I understand you want to improve your rating by deceiving the public for greedy purposes. I think the people considering First Lutheran deserve truth There are better choices out there.
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Posted May 28, 2014

Great teachers, small class size and nice facilities have allowed my daughter to flourish for the last 6 years. I will be sad when she graduates next year.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 11, 2013

I worked as a classroom teacher at FLS for over a decade and loved it. The teachers are like family to each other, and I really don't understand the hypocrite comments. These are loving people--key word "people." They make mistakes, but that does not make them hypocrites. As for the military school comment, it is completely laughable. Also, I personally know the children who graduated from FLS (a previous commentor was correct in stating that there is not an honors distinction--there are only salutatorians and valedictorians) and to my knowledge, none of the high graduates have been placed in remedial reading. Yes, some of the graduating students were placed in remedial reading in high school, and that is because we accepted low-performing students as well as high-performing students and did the best we could with each one. Success depends upon parental support as well as school quality, and although 95% of the parents were incredibly supportive, there were some who spent much of their time undermining the teachers and ignoring every attempt at communication. That is a problem anywhere you go. If you want a loving, individualized education for your child, FLS definitely delivers.

Posted April 5, 2013

I have had my children at FLS for a total of five years. We switched them to another school for financial reasons a few years ago, but returned the following year because they missed it so much. One has graduated and done very well in high school so far. As for the review in which the parent said his/her child was put in remedial Reading after graduating with honors: FLS does not have graduation with honors; they have salutatorian and valedictorian only. Since the graduating classes from the past five years have ranged in number anywhere from 5 graduating students to 15 graduating students, I imagine your child may have been in one of the smaller classes, and even when only five are graduating, they still have to name a first and second place. Your child may have been first or second out of five kids in a particularly sparse year, which may mean he/she probably wasn't actually that high of an achiever. For instance, in a graduating class in which the highest GPA is a 2.5, that kid is the valedictorian! Everything is relative. Also, I have known several kids to be placed in remedial Reading in high school that did not belong there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 5, 2013

My daughter transferred from public school and with her ADHD she has shown great potential. The small classrooms and one on one basis with the teachers helps her excel! Great communication between parents and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 27, 2013

My child was placed in remedial reading in high school after graduating with honors from First Lutheran.
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Posted February 10, 2013

This school was the best choice I ever made for my son's education. Small, caring, everyone is involved with his education. He can excel, be noticed and advance as his education grows, and continued to be challenged so school stays interesting for him. Recommend this school to all parents looking for a great education with the Christian background that we want to instill in our children. They help make the child well rounded individuals.
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Posted February 9, 2013

My son has truly thrived since transferring to FLS. The academic curriculum engaging for students and the faculty inspires children to do their best. I have been very pleased with our experience and would highly recommend this school to other families.
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Posted February 7, 2013

We are very pleased with First Lutheran. We want our daughter to be taught Christian education and are very happy with they way First Lutheran teaches about Christ.
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Posted January 30, 2013

This school has been the best choice I have made . I'm so thankful that my son has adjusted very well to this school. The 2nd grade teacher, Mrs Merikkan. Is by far the best teacher we have ever had. The principal is also an exceptional leader and is very wonderful person. We also have spent many Sundays in the church and have found it to also be wonderful.
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Posted January 25, 2013

I'm surprised about the bad reviews here, as our experience here has been wonderful. My son is attending there since the 3rd Grade (he is now in 5th) and it has been an all around blessing to our family. The staff is very caring, the curriculum well rounded. My son attended an A rated public school before and he thrived once we made the switch to First Lutheran. I especially like the familial and nurturing atmosphere! I would definitely recommend this school to any parent looking for a great school for their children! -Daniela
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Posted January 25, 2013

Love this school my son has been going here for two years . He loves the teachers and do I . He is always coming home learning new things and singing songs . They are doing a great job teaching him about God .
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 30, 2012

I agree with this review. Unreasonable expectations as well as too harsh. More like military school. I am disappointed. Thought the same regarding The demonstrated Christian values.
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Posted August 1, 2012

Best school ever! Love the family atmosphere and caring teachers and staff. FLS is my daughter's second home! A high quality education in a wonderful, Christian environment. So blessed to be a part of the FLS family!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 15, 2012

Wonderful long term teachers at First Lutheran who generally care about the students. Incredible curriculum.
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Posted December 13, 2006

I spent my entire childhood at First Lutheran School and have been a member of the Church since PreK 3. When I have children, First Lutheran will be my first choice. Plus my Aunt is the Principal!
—Submitted by a former student

Posted August 8, 2006

First Lutheran is an exellent school with a caring and well educated staff. My family has been associated with this school from the beginning and I wouldn't want my 4 children to attend any other school!
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 42%
Black 6% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Hispanic 2% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
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